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11 Reasons to Have an Outdoor Wedding

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Congratulations to all you engaged couples! We’re sure you can’t wait to walk down the aisle and marry the love of your life. This article is for those of you that have possibly chosen your wedding dress and come up with a guest list, but you still aren’t sure where you want the marriage ceremony to take place. You’ll need to decide between an indoor or outdoor wedding. Both have their pros and cons, so it can be a tough choice.

Here are 11 reasons why an outdoor wedding is a great choice.

#1. The Backdrop

It’s hard to resist the beauty of outdoor wedding backdrops. When you’re outdoors you get chiming birds, lush greeneries, breathtaking landscapes and fresh air. This is something you’ll get if you have an Elora Mill wedding. The backdrop of an outdoor wedding is perfect for photoshoots and creates a relaxing, charming ambiance. The natural beauty will add magic to your wedding photos.

#2. You’ll Get Stunning Pictures

Perhaps the biggest reason to opt for an outdoor wedding is the wedding album. Thanks to the combination of natural light with the beautiful outdoors, your wedding photos will look gorgeous. With natural light your wedding photographer will not have to use flash, HDR or artificial lighting to get great looking photos.

#3. Need More Space? No Problem!

If you have been to many church or indoor weddings, chances are that you have witnessed organizers trying to make space for unexpected guests, which can be cumbersome to handle at times. With an outdoor wedding, being pressed for extra space is a not an issue. An outdoor wedding can accommodate hundreds or even thousands of guests since it is not restricted by walls, floor plans and other obstacles.

#4. It’s Family-Oriented

You’ll probably want to include as many relatives as possible in your wedding photos, but sometimes it can be tough to control kids who don’t want to be at the wedding. You don’t want an upset baby or young child interrupting your wedding. Thankfully, keeping kids preoccupied and engaged at an outdoor wedding isn’t too difficult. There’s a lot more space for kids to play and be entertained. If anything, a screaming toddler echoes much less in the outdoors than inside a hall.

#5. Fewer Decorations

Not as much decoration is needed to get an outdoor wedding prepared because the natural beauty and scenic views add to the whole mix. No amount of flower arrangements can match the beauty of blooming spring flowers and no number of balloons can match the elegance of the open blue sky above your venue.

#6. Less Costly

The odds are that your event organizer will take care of everything, from moving tents, setting up the venue, and catering. Don’t forget that an outdoor wedding requires little décor. You can cater the wedding yourself or invite a local food truck to save money.

#7. Choose the Perfect Ambiance and Moment to Exchange your Vows

Whether you want to say “I do” with sunshine, a sunset, or the moon shining in the background, you can always get the moment right with an outdoor wedding. All you have to do is choose the picture-perfect ambiance for your vow-taking ceremony based on the time of the day. The flexibility of an outdoor wedding gives you the ability to choose what time the ceremony happens! You will have amazing photographs of you exchanging the vows.

#8. The Sentimental Value of an Outdoor Wedding is Priceless

You can hold an outdoor wedding on your parents’ backyard, on the beach or in an all-inclusive venue. It’s all up to you, but the sentimental value tied to an outdoor wedding can be priceless.

#9. Pick Wherever You Want

When it comes to an outdoor wedding, the whole world is yours to decide on a venue. You get to pick any location you want if you have the budget (and it is permitted). You can choose a location that carries some meaning to both of you. It can be an exotic location, a local park or a beach spot where you first met… the possibilities are endless.

#10. It Can be Formal or Casual – It’s Your Call

For the perfect outdoor wedding, you can be as formal or relaxed as you like without being bound to the conformity of traditional wedding venues. You have free reign with what to wear and the style of the wedding.

#11. Creativity and Entertainment Options are Limitless

With an outdoor wedding, you can add as many extras as you wish to make your big day fun and memorable. Do you love animals? You can add a petting zoo to add to the entertainment or have an exotic animal trainer come by. You could even have a marching band perform at your wedding if that’s what you’re into!


With all of these reasons to have an outdoor wedding you wonder why you would want to have your wedding indoors. However, the biggest issue with outdoor weddings is that bad weather can ruin things. Make sure to have a backup plan in case of rain, snow, wind, hail, or extreme heat. You want to make sure everyone at the wedding is comfortable and not rushing to get inside. We still love indoor weddings, but its helpful to consider the pros and cons of having your wedding indoors vs. outdoors.

If you are planning to get married in Guelph, check out our list of wedding venues in Guelph or contact us if you’re looking for photographers.